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February 26, 2019

QUINCE 

QUINCE is a 15-issue comic book series created by Sebastian Kadlecik (@smkaddy), authored by Kit Steinkellner (@BooksAreMyBFs), and illustrated by Emma Steinkellner (@emsteinkellner) that was collected into a print trade paperback in 2017. The story follows Lupe...

February 22, 2019

LOWRIDERS BLAST FROM THE PAST 

Cathy Camper (@cfastwolf) and Raúl the Third (@raulthe3rd) are the creative team behind the LOWRIDERS graphic novel series, including LOWRIDERS IN SPACE, LOWRIDERS TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, and the newest title, LOWRIDERS BLAST FROM THE...

February 19, 2019

NOODLEPHANT 

Noodlephant is an elephant who loves pasta. The kangaroos do not like pasta. In fact, they make a law so that no one can enjoy pasta. But Noodlephant will not stand for this and sets out to protest the unfairness of the law and gathers others to demand chan...

February 15, 2019

CHICKS RULE! 

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (@SudiptaBQ) is the author of CHICKS RULE!, a book about confronting "no", having enough, and taking action. Nerdy Chick wants to join the rocket club, but when confronted with a sign reading "No Chicks Allowed" she decides to gathe...

February 12, 2019

SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARDS  

Susan Kusel and Rebecca Levitan join today on behalf of the SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD, presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. The two joined me to talk about the aw...

February 11, 2019

I've been invited to lead a webinar on building social media skills for writers and illustrators. The webinar, hosted by the Kansas/Missouri chapter of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) will take place this Saturday, February 16th at 8pm...

February 11, 2019

Oh my word! What a start to the year!

Here's what stuck out to me from the JANUARY 2019 picture book releases that crossed my desk.

I wonder if you read and loved any of these? And I wonder which books weren't included on my list for one reason or another that definitely...

February 10, 2019

Celebrating friends is kinda the best.

Katrina Moore and I opened an elementary school 6 years ago. I still remember going out to lunch with colleagues over the summer prior to the school's inaugural year and being introduced to Katrina as "a fellow author" that I shoul...

February 5, 2019

AUNTIE LUCE'S TALKING PAINTINGS 

Francie Latour (@francielatour) is the author of AUNTIE LUCE'S TALKING PAINTINGS, a vibrant and beautiful picture book about a young girl's visit to Haiti to see her Autie Luce and to sit for one of her paintings. The story not only unit...

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